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Task Force on Inclusion & Bias Resources

Continuing education is needed for each of us to fully understand the history of systemic racism in the United States and its deep impact on areas including education, banking, criminal justice, housing and healthcare.  Additional readings are listed below.

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Feinberg Resources

In May 2020, Khalilah Gates, MD, presented on Bias and Inclusion in the Curriculum to Phase 1 module leaders. The presentation is uploaded to Panopto for those faculty with access.



Understanding and Moving Beyond Bias and Microaggressions

The Feinberg Safe Space Program is an initiative to educate allies, advancing Feinberg’s goal of creating an inclusive community in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

Feinberg's Center for Health Equity Transformation has compiled a extensive list of anti-racism resources in their June 2020 newsletter.


Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center offers a starting point for learning about racism, anti-racism, health disparities and the intersection of health, healthcare and race.


This tip sheet was developed by Feinberg students to provide guidance on conducting inclusive small group sessions. Faculty and students should review this tip sheet together during their first small group meeting.


Feinberg Student Affinity Groups

Disability Advocacy


Clinical Partner Community Reports

These reports are used to identify prevalent health needs among residents across all socioeconomic groups, races and ethnicities.

Northwestern Medicine Lurie Children's Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Can a checklist ameliorate implicit bias in medical education?

Caruso Brown AE, Hobart TR, Botash AS, Germain LJ.  Med Educ.  2019 May;53(5):510.  doi: 10.1111/medu.13840.  Epub 2019 Mar 11.

Brief report about using a checklist to ameliorate bias in the curriculum at SUNY Upstate. The report includes excellent checklist (available as online RedCap survey or as downloadable pdf) with good examples.

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Addressing Race, Culture, and Structural Inequality in Medical Education: A Guide for Revising Teaching Cases

Krishnan A1, Rabinowitz M, Ziminsky A, Scott SM, Chretien KC. Acad Med.  2019 Apr;94(4):550-555. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002589.

This guide to assessing bias, applied to Aquifer cases, includes “Race and Culture Guide for Editors of Teaching Cases.” Section 3 appears in the paper, but the full guide is available as a supplemental digital appendix.

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Race Matters? Examining and Rethinking Race Portrayal in Preclinical Medical Education.

Tsai J1, Ucik L, Baldwin N, Hasslinger C, George P. Acad Med. 2016 Jul;91(7):916-20. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000001232.

Medical students at Brown University analyzed M1 and M2 lectures and found that when race was mentioned in lecture it nearly always suggested biological risk.

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Guidelines for Promoting a Bias-Free Curriculum

Columbia Univ Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Medical students at Columbia University, inspired by Tsai paper from Brown, developed these guidelines (also discussed in Letters to the Editor in Acad Med).

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How Clinicians and Educators Can Mitigate Implicit Bias in Patient Care and Candidate Selection in Medical Education

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Proceedings of the Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Forum: Unconscious Bias in Academic Medicine


Simple Strategies for Combating Microaggressions in the Workplace

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Dorothy Roberts. The Problem with Race-Based Medicine

TedMed 2015.
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Walden University: Scholarly Voice: Avoiding Bias

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Changing How Race Is Portrayed in Medical Education: Recommendations From Medical Students

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Institute for Healing & Justice in Medicine

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Setting Expectations & Tips for All in Small Groups

This document has been modified from the Guide for Inclusive Teaching at Columbia University.


Project R.I.B.M.E.A.T: Reducing Implicit Bias in Medical Education and Training